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Are tests invasion of privacy?

The Minnesota newborn screening program is in danger of being shut down. The program takes five drops of blood from newborns about a day after they are born and screens them for more than 50 rare conditions. However, the program is being labeled an invasion of privacy and may be changed drastically.

People against the program argue that parents should be required to give consent before the tests are done and if they may keep the blood for future research.

People for the program cite the obvious. If a child has one of the rare conditions screened for it can be treated very early on, drastically improving that child's quality of life in the present and the future.

The debate on privacy versus genetics rages on and may continue to do so for the unforeseeable future.


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Five drops of blood: Invasion of privacy?